Our IVF Stats (Grads and current cyclers)

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Our IVF Stats (Grads and current cyclers)

Thank you to Danielle for coming up with these questions. For all of us IVF'ers (grads and current cycles), please post the following information. This is a great place for new members or those in the 2WW to get some support and information!

Name:
Age:
How long have you been TTC:
Diagnosis or any known IF issues:
Have you tried other treatments before IVF:
How many IVF's did you do before success:
Protocol (meds taken):
How many eggs retrieved:
How many eggs fertilized:
How many days between ER and ET:
How many and quality transferred:
Symptoms or issues during 2WW:
Did you take a HPT before blood test:
What DPO did you got your BFP:
Number of first beta:
Number of babies:
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to:

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

I will start! Smile

This is for our 1st IVF (fresh cycle) that we did in 2006

Name: Jen
Age: 28 (at the time)
How long have you been TTC: Almost 3 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male Factor - low count, poor morph
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1
Protocol (meds taken): Lupron (down cycle), Gonal-F 75 IU twice a day, PIO shots after ET
How many eggs retrieved: 13 total, 10 of those were mature
How many eggs fertilized: 4
How many days between ER and ET: 5 days
How many and quality transferred: 2, 5 day blasts transferred - graded A- and B+
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: A little cramping, but no real symptoms
Did you take a HPT before blood test: No
What DPO did you got your BFP: 10 days after transfer
Number of first beta: 83
Number of babies: 1 (Connor, born 10/22/06)
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Going through IVF the first time can be scary and overwhelming. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. The RE guided us through everything, step by step, and the shots were not as bad as I thought! Stay posititve!!!

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Posts: 53852

This is for our 2nd IVF (frozen cycle), in 2008

Name: Jen
Age: 30 (at the time)
How long have you been TTC: n/a
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male Factor - low count, poor morph
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1
Protocol (meds taken): BCP, Estradiol Valerate injections to thicken lining, PIO shots after transfer
How many eggs retrieved: Frozen cycle - 1 embryo left from 1st IVF cycle. The other embryo we had did not make it to freeze
How many eggs fertilized: n/a
How many days between ER and ET: n/a
How many and quality transferred: 1 - 5 day blast - graded C-
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None
Did you take a HPT before blood test: No
What DPO did you got your BFP: 10 days after transfer
Number of first beta: 131
Number of babies: 1 (Evan, born 10/19/08
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Our RE gave us a 10% chance of this cycle resulting in a pregnancy. Due to only having 1 embryo to transfer, and the "poor" quality of the embryo. To our total shock and surprise, we got a BFP! My words of wisdom is that I am living proof that the grades don't necessarily predict your odds, and the dr's are not always right! Even though we were given bad odds, I went with my gut instinct and went ahead with the cycle anyway. We are so grateful we did. Do not lose hope, it CAN happen!!

Joined: 05/20/07
Posts: 45

Name:Ami
Age:33
How long have you been TTC:2 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues:Unexplained IF
Have you tried other treatments before IVF:4 rounds of Clomid/IUI (no success)
How many IVF's did you do before success:Worked on the first round!
Protocol (meds taken):BCPs (down cycle), Lupron, Dexamethasone, Aspirin, Follistim, Repronex. After beta: Progesterone in Oil, Vivelle patches, Aspirin
How many eggs retrieved:19 (14 mature)
How many eggs fertilized:13 (1-6AA, 1-5AA, 11-4AA)
How many days between ER and ET:5
How many and quality transferred:2 grade AA
Symptoms or issues during 2WW:One night I got extremely tired and HAD to go to bed. Next morning I had a wave of nausea that passed in about 10 seconds. No other symptoms that were anything different than AF. The morning of my blood test (9DP5DT) I had AF cramps and was positive I was not pg.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: PIAC morning of my beta. Dipped my HPT when I got home before I got the phone call from the RE. Came back blazing positive!
What DPO did you got your BFP: 14
Number of first beta:238 (9DP5DT)
Number of babies:2! Tiki and Kale born 7/30/08 at 6lbs12oz and 6lbs3oz
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to:Also did acupuncture before and after ET. Made me a believer. This board was what kept me sane. Use it for all the wonderful ladies who are great resources. Use it to vent, cry and celebrate. Everyone here has a special bond we will always share!

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Joined: 03/09/07
Posts: 5335

Name: Jennifer
Age: 28, 27 when IVF was a success Smile
How long have you been TTC: 8 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: endometriosis
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: clomid and IUIs
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1 cycle, canceled then 2 FETs
Protocol (meds taken): follistim, menapur
How many eggs retrieved: 16
How many eggs fertilized: 12 - 10 made it to the freeze
How many days between ER and ET: months due to OHSS
How many and quality transferred: transferred 2 both times and both were good - great quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: none that I remember
Did you take a HPT before blood test: HECK YES! I'm a POAS addict
What DPO did you got your BFP: 13dp5dt I believe
Number of first beta: 293
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Do NOT give up...I wanted to give up so many times but I was determined. After my m/c I wanted to wait a few months but got back in the REs office the next month for a transfer....that resulted in my sweet baby boy Smile

ALSO - research everything...know what meds you are on, what they do, what your options are, etc. Don't just believe and do everything you are told without knowing why you are doing it.

Like Ami - I did acupuncture on Monday before my Thursday transfer but never again. I didn't like it very much...but maybe it helped?!?!?

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Joined: 12/03/06
Posts: 312

Name:
Age: 31
How long have you been TTC: 2.5years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: PCOS, MFI (absent acrosomes- zero morph, count and motility normal range).
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Clomid.
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1 fresh, two frozen cycles.
Protocol (meds taken): fresh cycle- long lupron type downregulation protocol with BCP's(except with synarel as this is inhaled and not injectible), recombinant FSH (puregon) 100IU, crinone (vaginal progesterone) after transfer. Frozen cycle 1- artificial HRT cycle with estrogen/prgesterone sequentially, abandoned after transfer due to unstable endometrium. Frozen cycle 2- ovulation induction with poor response, eventually ovulated CD31, low progesterone so pessaries and HCG booster shots. BFP.
How many eggs retrieved:: 17 (15 mature)
How many eggs fertilized:: 12
How many days between ER and ET: 2 (customary to do D2 Tx here because emphasis on fet's- and day 2 embryos survive thaw cycles better on average).
How many and quality transferred: fresh cycle- 1 high quality embryo (not listing grading as not helpful without knowing my clinic, as they all have individual protocols for grading embryos and there is no accepted convention!). FET 1- two, medium quality, Frozen cycle 2- two, one medium, one only fair.
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: nil. Nil for entire first trimester.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: yes, because I was taking HCG boosters, my tests never got negative, but the pos line got darker.
What DPO did you got your BFP: Noticebly darker by 8DPO.
Number of first beta: 701
Number of babies: two.
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Try not to sweat the small stuff. Timing of most injections isn't such a big deal if it's off a bit (bar trigger), stairs are not your enemy, you can still shower, travel and have sex in the tww.

Smile

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Joined: 07/29/04
Posts: 62

Name: Jen
Age: 32
How long have you been TTC: 2 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: "unexplained infertility"
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: 3 rounds clomid/IUI's, 3 rounds injectables/IUI's (all failed!)
How many IVF's did you do before success: 2nd one was a success
Protocol (meds taken): lupron, follistim, hcg trigger, progesterone suppositories
How many eggs retrieved: 1st time 6, 2nd time 5
How many eggs fertilized: 1st time one, 2nd time 2
How many days between ER and ET: 3 days
How many and quality transferred: 2 "perfect" ones! (I forget the grading now!)
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Nope!
What DPO did you got your BFP: I guess it was 14 DPO
Number of first beta: 170
Number of babies: 2 - Sean and Emma born 10/24/06 at 38 weeks!
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Don't transfer more embryos than you are comfortable with! And just because you don't have 20 eggs retrieved and 15 fertilize doesn't mean it won't be successful. My two babies are the only two embryos I had. And they are feisty two year olds now!

Jen

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Joined: 03/27/06
Posts: 333

Name: Andrea
Age: 27 at time of IVF, 29 now
How long have you been TTC: 1.5 years prior to first IVF cycle
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: long cycles for me, severe MFI due to a varicocele (morphology 0% normal)
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: 4 cycles of Clomid, 1 Follistim w/IUI cycle
How many IVF's did you do before success: 2
Protocol (meds taken): BCPs, Lupron, Follistim, Repronex, HCG trigger, PIO, Estradial
How many eggs retrieved: 21 for our successful cycle, 11 for our bad cycle
How many eggs fertilized: 15 for our successful cycle, 7 for our bad cycle
How many days between ER and ET: 5 for our successful cycle, 3 for our bad cycle
How many and quality transferred: 2 blasts for our successful cycle, 2 8 cells for our bad cycle
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: veiny boobs, sensitive vagina :oops:, implantation cramps, but overall felt pretty normal
Did you take a HPT before blood test: yes
What DPO did you got your BFP: 12dpo both times
Number of first beta: 88 for successful cycle, 63 for bad cycle
Number of babies: one
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Don't get too upset if you don't have any extra embryos to freeze. They transfer the best ones into you. With our successful cycle we didn't get any of the developing embryos to freeze and still had a healthy pregnancy.

Joined: 05/03/06
Posts: 84

This is for our 1st IVF (fresh cycle) that we did in 2006

Name: Cheryl
Age: 28 (at the time)
How long have you been TTC: 3 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male Factor
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1
Protocol (meds taken): Lupron, PIO shots after ET
How many eggs retrieved: I think 16
How many eggs fertilized: 5
How many days between ER and ET: 5 days
How many and quality transferred: 2 transferred
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: nothing
Did you take a HPT before blood test: No
What DPO did you got your BFP: 15 days after transfer
Number of first beta: No idea
Number of babies: 1 (Gianna, born 1/9/07)
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: It was such an expierence the first time. Don't be scared and ask as many questions as you need to.

Joined: 05/03/06
Posts: 84

This is for our 2nd IVF (frozen cycle), in 2008

Name: Cheryl
Age: 30 (at the time)
How long have you been TTC: n/a
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male Factor
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1 other success
Protocol (meds taken): BCP, Lupron, Estradiol injections to thicken lining, Estrogen patches, PIO shots after transfer
How many eggs retrieved: Frozen cycle- had 3 embies
How many eggs fertilized: n/a
How many days between ER and ET: n/a
How many and quality transferred: 2 - Grade A's
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None
Did you take a HPT before blood test: No, but right after
What DPO did you got your BFP: 10 days after transfer
Number of first beta: No idea
Number of babies: 1 - EDD June 2009
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Second time is a dream. I knew what to expect and "enjoyed" it. Miracles really do happen, never give up hope.

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Joined: 09/19/07
Posts: 26

Name: Melissa
Age: 24 now, 23 at the time
How long have you been TTC: less than year
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male Factor - DH paralyzed and IVF was our only option
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: successful the 1st time
Protocol (meds taken): Lupron (down cycle), Follistim & Menopur combo, baby aspirin, PIO shots after and then progesterone suppositories
How many eggs retrieved: 10 total, only 6 were viable
How many eggs fertilized: 5..only 3 made it to transfer day
How many days between ER and ET: 3 days
How many and quality transferred: 2 transferred - both good 8 cells
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: A little cramping, but no real symptoms
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Yes..I took one 10 days post transfer and it was positive
What DPO did you got your BFP: 15 days after transfer
Number of first beta: 1,024!
Number of babies: 2 Boys (Evan & Taylor born 8/14/08)
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: It is very overwhelming but the women on this board were what got me through the process. Ask anything here..don't be shy! Once you get going though, it's not nearly that bad. And that even if you have a small number of embies on transfer day doesn't mean that you can't be a success. I only had 3 to choose from and two of those are my boys! Smile

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Joined: 03/01/08
Posts: 693

Name: Mandie
Age: 29
How long have you been TTC: 18 Months
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male issues.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Nope
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1st one worked
Protocol (meds taken): BCP, Lupron, Follistm, Menapur, HCG Shot, Progesterone
How many eggs retrieved: 11 Eggies
How many eggs fertilized: 7
How many days between ER and ET: 3 days
How many and quality transferred: 2 8 celled. MY RE didn't go by letters but how many cells had formed.
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Some cramping but that was really it.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: YUP.
What DPO did you got your BFP: POAS was 10 DPT and Beta was 12 DPT
Number of first beta: 145
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: In the begining they throw all this information at you and it is VERY overwhelming. Once I got a handle on everything I stopped worrying about the next steps and only concentrated on what I needed to do that day. It was the only way I could keep sane. I had a calender in my kitchen that had all the notes and info from each phone call from the RE's. It was the one place DH and I could keep track of what was going on tomorrow.

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Joined: 11/15/08
Posts: 1

Name: Gail
Age: 40
How long have you been TTC: 7 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Unknown
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: Had success first time, however, ended 1/21/09 (tubal)
Protocol (meds taken): Lupron, Gonol F, Repronex, PIO Shots
How many eggs retrieved: 14
How many eggs fertilized: 9
How many days between ER and ET: 3
How many and quality transferred: 4
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Very anxious, excited, nervous...little weezy to stomach, other than that peachy
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Of Course
What DPO did you got your BFP: 13 as it was during holidays and RE was on vacation....grrr
Number of first beta: 25 low and htey were concerned, but still a BFP
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: For me this was my first time EVER being pregnant, and I would NOT give up the experience, loss and all!!! It was an absolutely amazing journey the whole process, and really had me in tune w/ my body and how life really works. As sad as I was about our loss, I gained so much knowledge, and respect for life....I cannot wait until we start our next cycle!! I feel confident we will succeed......even if I'm OVER THE HILL.... ha ha

Joined: 01/03/09
Posts: 1

Name: Karen
Age: 32
How long have you been TTC: (embarrassed) only since 8/08
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: After I went off BCP and never got AF, I went to GYN, who graduated me to RE because of PCOS suspicion. After PCOS diagnosis, we also found out both DH and I are carriers for Cystic Fibrosis, therefore giving our potential children a 1 in 4 chance of contracting CF. As a result, we did PGD with our IVF/ICSI.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Nope.
How many IVF's did you do before success: First try achieved pregnancy, m/c 2/09, Second attempt was an FET
Protocol (meds taken): 1) Follistim, Ganirelix, Lupron in place of scheduled HCG (E2 was rather high), Climara/Estrogen patches, Estrace, PIO, baby aspirin, prenatal vitamins; 2) FET - Climara patches, Endometrin (Progesterone suppositories; DH out of town and I refuse to sit on PIO needles!!), baby aspirin, prenatal vitamins - so much easier than first try!
How many eggs retrieved: a whopping 42
How many eggs fertilized: 20
How many days between ER and ET: 5
How many and quality transferred: 2 blastocysts, both times
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: 1) some sore BBs, mostly abdominal pain and heartburn, 2) cramping (presumably from suppositories), implantation bleeding
Did you take a HPT before blood test: 1) yes, but BFN, 2) yes, 2 BFPs and 1 BFN in between
What DPO did you get your BFP: 1) 13dp5dt RE beta blood test, 2) 11dpFET
Number of first beta: 1) 76, 2) 92
Number of babies: 1) one embryo took, but it was not meant to be; 2) knock on wood!
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: everyone's situation is totally different. One day DH was sick, I spent the day on the internet reading "facts" about pregnancy and IVF and 5dt's, only to convince myself that it wouldn't work. Everybody's protocol, doctors, hormone levels, advice, results, symptoms, and everything else is totally personal. Keep the faith and hope for the best!

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Age: 33
How long have you been TTC: I was at 4 years when I finally got pregnant
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Unexplained
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Yes - IUI with clomid
How many IVF's did you do before success: 2 (first I had a positive beta of 37, which doubled well, but ended in a miscarriage at 7 weeks after 2 weeks of spotting)
Protocol (meds taken): lupron and menapur
How many eggs retrieved: 9
How many eggs fertilized: 8
How many days between ER and ET: 3
How many and quality transferred: 2 8 cell
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: dark nipples and VERY tired
Did you take a HPT before blood test: NO!
What DPO did you got your BFP: 16
Number of first beta: 197
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Don't get obessed with numbers or what other people responded with compared to you - and TOTALLY AVOID Dr GOOGLE! I stressed myself so much in my first cycle. The second, I tried to stay away form the computer as much as I could, and it was much better.

I also should point out that I am the IF Urban Legand, as my son from the IVF cycle is 4 months old, and I find myself pregnant with twins naturally.

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Joined: 05/18/06
Posts: 74

Name: Tracy
Age: 39
How long have you been TTC: 4-1/2 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: poor egg quality, low sperm morphology
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: clomid and IUI
How many IVF's did you do before success: 3 - this info is for our final cycle. Cycle 1 ended in a chem preg and 2 was a negative
Protocol (meds taken): we were on a ganirelix cycle, menopur and bravelle combo, and PIOHow many eggs retrieved: 12
How many eggs fertilized: 8
How many days between ER and ET: 4
How many and quality transferred: 2, both were "A" We also did assisted hatching.
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: nothing. I swore I was not pregnant. Pissed me right off.Did you take a HPT before blood test: Yes, after a hissy fit, my DH told me to just POAS already. Shockingly, it was positive.
What DPO did you got your BFP: 7dp4dt
Number of first beta: 405
Number of babies: 2
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Don't sweat the numbers too much. It's so easy to obsess over eggs retrieved, how many fertilized, what their grades were, did any make it to freeze, etc...in the end, the best ones get transferred, and I've seen MANY low quality embryos result in healthy babies. You can't lose hope, no matter how discouraging it seems at the time.

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Joined: 07/19/09
Posts: 1

Name: Wendy
Age: 33
How long have you been TTC: 5 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: bilateral hydrosalpinx/blocked scarred tubes. Surgery prior to IVF to clamp tubes.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: none
How many IVF's did you do before success: none. lucky the first time
Protocol (meds taken): Suprefact, Bravelle, Repronex and Prometrium
How many eggs retrieved: 14
How many eggs fertilized: 11
How many days between ER and ET: 5
How many and quality transferred: 2 beautiful blasts. One a little better than the other but both were very good quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Crampy and bloated. Sore breasts
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Yes, but waiting until 2 days before beta
What DPO did you got your BFP: 12dp5dt
Number of first beta: 1517
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Stay positive!! I was very discouraged at first when my follicles were not repsonding well and the stims kept being increased. One nurse even said..."this is only your first time, we'll know better for the next one"! In the end the follicles came around after almost 14 days of stims and we got the best result we could have wished for!!

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Joined: 06/23/09
Posts: 24

[COLOR=Red]Name: Niki
Age: 29
How long have you been TTC: 1 year 9 months
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: PCOS
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Injection (Gonal-f) IUI BFN
How many IVF's did you do before success: N/A This is my first IVF, start stim tomorrow!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!
Protocol (meds taken): Took BCP 3 weeks with Lupron 20units for 9 days, tomorrow will drop the Lupron to 5units and switch to morning administration and then evening Gonal-f 112.5 and Menopur 75 units, HCG Trigger and PIO
How many eggs retrieved: N/A
How many eggs fertilized: N/A
How many days between ER and ET: Unknown
How many and quality transferred:Unknown
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Unknown
Did you take a HPT before blood test: I will...I am a POAS Addict!
What DPO did you got your BFP: uknown, but I hope its real soon!
Number of first beta: NA
Number of babies:NA
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to:
[/COLOR] I hope you all can pass some wisdom my way!!

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Joined: 08/05/05
Posts: 158

Name: Augusta
Age: 30 now, successful IVF at age 27
How long have you been TTC:June, 2005
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Male factor
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Nope, moved right to IVF/ICSI
How many IVF's did you do before success: First one worked!
Protocol (meds taken): Lupron, Menopur, Gonal-F
How many eggs retrieved: 7
How many eggs fertilized: 6-7
How many days between ER and ET: 3dt
How many and quality transferred: Two, one 8A and one 8B
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None!
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Of course!
What DPO did you got your BFP: 12dpo
Number of first beta: 197??
Number of babies: One beautiful boy
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Not really...this stinks, it is worth it if if works, really, really hard if it does not. Out of all three IVF's I have done, my first cycle was textbook "BAD" and the other two were textbook "BETTER" and "BEST"...take home point is that a seemingly "BAD" cycle can be your best...it is all a crap-shoot!

I have tried two 5dt since then, with a chemical pregnancy and a BFN to show for it. We are using the frozen embryos from IVF #3 (only one with viable frosties) and this is our last shot...hoping it works...it will be a 3dt, since this worked for me and the 5dt's did not.

UPDATE: 3dt worked again! We are expecting our last baby, also another boy, around November 17, 2010 and are THRILLED! My advice is to go with your gut: if you think a 3dt or a 5dt is better than what Dr recommends, push for it. GOOD LUCK to all of you still waiting for your BFP...I hope IVF brings you your baby.

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

IVF stim cycle 1!

Name: Emily
Age: 25, was 23 at the time
How long have you been TTC: 2 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: severe endometriosis & adenomyosis. Ruptured ectopic resulting in loss of left tube.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: a year of clomid
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1!
Protocol (meds taken): BCP, synarel nasal spray, Gonal F, Ovidrel, progesterone pessaries.
How many eggs retrieved: 2
How many eggs fertilized: 2
How many days between ER and ET: 2
How many and quality transferred: 2 both highest quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: itchy nipples! :oops:
Did you take a HPT before blood test: yes
What DPO did you got your BFP: 13DPO
Number of first beta: 172 @ 16DPO
Number of babies: 1
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: I was devastated when I found out that we only got 2 eggs. We were going to cancel the cycle because of my poor reaction to the FSH. My doctor said that all it takes is one, he was so right. My daughter is now almost 2!

IVF stim cycle 2!

Name: Emily
Age: 25
How long have you been TTC: n/a
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: severe endometriosis & adenomyosis. 2 Ruptured ectopics resulting in loss of both fallopian tubes.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: n/a after loss of both tubes IVF is the only option
How many IVF's did you do before success: 1!
Protocol (meds taken): BCP, synarel nasal spray, Provera, Puregon, Pregnyl (for trigger shot & as luteal support), progesterone pessaries.
How many eggs retrieved: 7
How many eggs fertilized: 4 fertilised, 2 viable.
How many days between ER and ET: 3
How many and quality transferred: 1, highest quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: SEVERE OHSS.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: yes
What DPO did you got your BFP: 13DPO
Number of first beta: 142 @ 16DPO
Number of babies: 1 (currently 9 weeks pg.)
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: This cycle was incredibly difficult for me. We decided that if neither of our 2 embryos took that this would be the end of our IVF journey. The OHSS is horrific. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It has taken a good 8 weeks for me to recover enough to function. We were incredibly lucky that I feel pregnant.

Joined: 01/10/06
Posts: 90

Name: Andi
Age: 35
How long have you been TTC: Went straight to IVF to TTC
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Learned that we have MFI while doing testing to start IVF; I also have Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, a genetic craniofacial disorder that we wanted to avoid passing onto our children. So we planned from the beginning to do IVF with PGD to select nonaffected embryos.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 2 fresh cycles
Protocol (meds taken): First cycle, Lupron and BCP, then Follistim, then HCG trigger and PIO; second cycle Lupron then Bravelle and Menopur, then HCG and PIO. Also baby aspirin for both cycles.
How many eggs retrieved: First cycle: 16, Second cycle, 19
How many eggs fertilized: First cycle: 5, Second cycle, 12
How many days between ER and ET: 5 days in second cycle (none survived to transfer in first cycle)
How many and quality transferred: 2 hatching blastocysts
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Some spotting, otherwise nothing I can remember!
Did you take a HPT before blood test: NO!!! I couldn't bear finding out I was pg and then getting the beta and discovering I'd lost the pregnancy
What DPO did you got your BFP: 15 (that extra day killed me)
Number of first beta: 300-something?
Number of babies: Both embies initially stuck, but by the 6-week u/s there was only one heartbeat. One healthy girl born 3 weeks early, 7/1/07
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: First, I had to learn to let others take care of me. I love to be in control, but I had to let others help me and trust them. Second, and related, I had to just take one day and one phase of the process happen at a time. While stimming, I literally wrote affirmations, "I am making healthy eggs" -- and tried to just focus on that. And I kept myself busy. Smile

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1st IVF cycle

Name: Jana
Age: 29
How long have you been TTC: 5 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: husband had testicular cancer
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: no

I would love any advice people can give me. I am currently on bcp's and will be starting Lupron on 3/21.

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"acaaew" wrote:

Name: Jana
Age: 29
How long have you been TTC: 5 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: husband had testicular cancer
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: no

I would love any advice people can give me. I am currently on bcp's and will be starting Lupron on 3/21.

Welcome...if you have any questions feel free to ask away. Everyone here is so supportive.

Joined: 02/28/10
Posts: 4

Thank you so much!! I didn't expect to be on such an emotional rollercoaster already. I start my Lupron on Sunday 3/21. I am not sure what to expect with the lupron. Good luck to everyone trying!

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Posts: 2263

"acaaew" wrote:

Thank you so much!! I didn't expect to be on such an emotional rollercoaster already. I start my Lupron on Sunday 3/21. I am not sure what to expect with the lupron. Good luck to everyone trying!

I'd say the biggest thing to expect with the Lupron is headaches. Some ppl get them, some don't. Other than that there's not much to it. If you have any questions make sure you ask in a new thread so it can get answered. I'm not sure how many ppl check in on here.

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Joined: 08/17/07
Posts: 24

Name: Shay
Age: 31 when I got prego & 31 when I delivered
How long have you been TTC: 4 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Anovulatory & PCO type ovaries
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Clomid, Metformin, IUI
How many IVF's did you do before success: 3 IVF's total - first fresh cycle ended in miscarriage at 7 weeks, 2nd frozen IVF was successful but lost baby in a car accident at 12 weeks, 3rd frozen IVF succesful with DD
Protocol (meds taken): Frozen protocol - Lupron, estrace, progesterone, 5 day transfer
How many eggs retrieved: Fresh cycle - 25 eggs
How many eggs fertilized: 21 of 25
How many days between ER and ET: 5
How many and quality transferred: 2 fresh, 3 frozen, 3 frozen - not sure of quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None really.. towards the end I had spotting & very watery mouth.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Yes
What DPO did you got your BFP: 1st cycle -11dper (but didn't test before 11dper), 2nd cycle - 6dp5dt (but didn't test before then), 3rd cycle - 5dp5dt.
Number of first beta: 120 at 15dper, 270.9 at 10dp5dt, 470.5 at 10dp5dt
Number of babies: 1 dd born 7/31/09
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Miracles do happen! FET's are much easier on the body than a fresh cycle. Find the right doctor.. if you are not happy with your current doctor - do your research. It makes all the difference in the world!